bracelet buying guide

How to Correctly Measure for the Right Bracelet Size

Bracelets have been worn for almost 7,000 years. They’re a gorgeous accompaniment to complement any outfit or occasion – from thick, bold and chunky, to dainty and delicate, the right bracelet can be that perfect statement piece that adds a finished touch to your look. There are many bracelet sizes, styles and colors to choose from, and knowing what size bracelet will fit your wrist best is key to finding your next gorgeous piece of arm candy.

It's important to know how to measure bracelet size before buying, as there’s no real, true, standard bracelet size.

In this article, we’ll cover:

The Different Styles of Bracelets

Bracelets range from vintage jewelry to gold and silver pieces, to modern, colorful styles. Below some of the most popular styles of bracelets, today are described for you to use as your bracelet buying guide.

  • Bangle Bracelets: Bangle bracelets are made of sturdy, solid rings that often don't come with a clasp. You can just slip the bangle over your hand and right on to your wrist to wear.
  • Cuff Bracelets: Cuff bracelets are rigid bracelets with an opening on one end of the ring.
  • Chain Bracelet: A chain bracelet is made up of small links of chains, often made of precious metals.
  • Link Bracelet: Link bracelets are not as tightly combined as chain bracelets are. They often have removable links, making size adjustments a snap.
  • Tennis Bracelet: A tennis bracelet is made up of various diamonds or precious stones linked together in a single chain to create a classic, sophisticated look.
  • Charm Bracelets: These bracelets have charms attached to them as tiny mementos – they can be the perfect sentimental gift for any special occasion, with the added bonus of allowing for additional charms as future gifts.
  • Beaded Bracelets: Combined beads, stones and sometimes gold and silver strung together make unique, original beaded bracelets a favorite style for a casual yet striking look.
  • Wrap Bracelets: These give the appearance of multiple bracelets stacked on top of one another but are generally just one strand that repeats around the wrist.

How to Measure Your Wrist for a Bracelet

If you're wondering what size bracelet should I get, you need to know how to measure your wrist size. Depending on the style bracelet you choose, you might be able to adjust your bracelet to your own comfort. The average women's bracelet size is 7 inches.

How to know your bracelet size:

  • Step 1: Take a flexible tape measure, strip of paper or a string/ribbon, wrap it around your wrist below the wrist bone (lay it where your bracelet would normally fall).
  • Step 2: Mark where the tape measure, paper or string stops, and use this size for your bracelet. Measure it against a ruler if using paper or string.
  • Step 3: Use the chart below to determine the best size bracelet for your wrist. For optimal comfort, two fingers should easily fit between your wrist and the bracelet.
Bracelet Size Wrist Measurement (IN) Wrist Measurement (MM)
XXS 5.1” - 5.5" 129.5 MM - 139.7 MM
Extra Small 5.9" 150.8 MM
Small 6.3" 160 MM
Medium 6.7" 170.1 MM
Large 7.1" 180.3 MM
Extra Large 7.5" 190.5 MM
XXL 8.2” - 8.5” 208.2 MM - 215.9 MM


How to Measure Your Wrist for a Bangle or Cuff Bracelet

Bangles have to slip over the entire hand, so you'll have to use a different standard to determine wrist sizes for bracelets in this style. A bangle bracelet length guide is important to use since bangles are slipped over the hand and can get stuck.

How to measure wrist size for bracelet (bangle):

  • Step 1: Tuck your thumb into your hand.
  • Step 2: Wrap a measuring tape around the knuckles and fattest part of the wrist.
  • Step 3: Use this measurement and the bracelet size guide below and add about 2cm for comfort.
Bracelet Size Wrist Measurement (IN) Wrist Measurement (MM)
XS 6.75” 171.5 MM
Small 7.25” 184.2 MM
Medium  7.75” 196.9 MM
Large 8.0” 203.2 MM
Extra Large 8.75” 222.3 MM


Tips for Choosing a Bracelet

Bracelets can be expensive purchases or gifts, so it's important to use a bracelet size chart before you buy. You should also consider what style of bracelet will be worn for any specific occasion. Below are some tips to use when choosing a bracelet.

Consider the Bracelet Material and Finishes

Whether you want a flashy, bold statement, or you’re going after a vintage, delicate look, below are some finishes to consider when shopping for a bracelet.

  • Gold Finish Bracelets: Gold finish bracelets are classic and give an air of royalty and luxury.
  • Silver Finish Bracelets: Silver finish bracelets are modern and classic, with bright finishes and a clean, chic look.
  • Rose Gold Finish Bracelets: Rose gold finish bracelets are feminine, combining subtle pink and gold.
  • Stainless Steel Bracelet: These bracelets are similar to silver in look and feel. They do not rust and are durable.
  • Platinum Bracelet: Platinum is a high-quality metal that’s a great choice for anyone with skin issues, since allergies to platinum are extremely rare.
  • Leather Bracelets: Perfect for a Boho or country chic look.
  • Wood Bracelets: Come in a variety of wood grain and stain finishes.

Think About How the Bracelet Should Fit

Your bracelet should not be loose enough to fall off or so tight it cuts off circulation. Always select or adjust the size of your bracelet to your own personal comfort level.

Bracelet Fit

  • Snug Fit: Add 10 - 20 MM
  • Comfortable Fit: Add 20 MM
  • Loose Fit: Add 20 - 30 MM

Bangle/Cuff Fit

  • Snug Fit: Add 1/4” - 1/2" (6.3 MM - 12.7 MM)
  • Comfortable Fit: Add 3/4” - 1" (19.1 MM - 25.4 MM)
  • Loose Fit: Add 1 1/4" (31.8 MM)

Decide on Bracelet Size and Shape

It's ultimately your choice whether you want a snug or loose-fitting bracelet. However, using a women’s bracelet sizes chart beforehand can help you choose based on your wrist measurements.

Make Sure It Fits Your Style

Besides using a bracelet wrist size chart, you should also choose a bracelet with the color, style and design that matches your outfit and your individual, personal style.

Does It Fit the Occasion?

Your jewelry should complement the occasion. For example, a tennis bracelet is excellent for formal events, while beaded and leather bracelets can be more suitable for casual wear.

Shop Bracelets at Bryan Anthonys

Shop the different collections of cute, dainty and meaningful bracelets for women at Bryan Anthonys. Whether you're shopping for yourself, or you’re purchasing a special gift for someone else, we have a variety of options and styles to choose from. Shop now at Bryan Anthonys.

Bracelet Size FAQs

Should you wear bracelets on both arms?

Sure! Wearing multiple bracelets is a popular fashion trend and statement. Be selective with mixing and matching different styles to pull of the perfect look.

How should a bracelet fit a woman?

A bracelet should always fit comfortably on the wrist without being too snug. To test if its too tight, try sliping a finger in-between the bracelet and your wrist, if there’s a bit of room, then it’s good.

What is a small wrist size?

A small wrist is typically somewhere between 5.5 to 6.0 inches. It’s always good to measure your wrist before buying a bracelet to ensure it fits properly.

What do you do when your bracelet is too big?

If a bracelet is too large you can get it sized to fit your wrist or try wearing it over a long sleeves shirt or blouse.

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